PROJECTYoung People and the Safety Net

Access to food, housing, health care, and income can shape young people’s life trajectories as they move from adolescence to adulthood—roughly ages 14 to 24. But far too many young people, particularly those who are Black, Latinx, and Indigenous, have insufficient access to the critical supports they need to reach their full potential.

Young People and the Safety Net is a multiphase project that examines how key safety net programs—including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, housing assistance, and refundable tax credits—can better meet young people’s basic needs during this transitional life stage.

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Research Areas Children and youth Social safety net
Tags Youth development Welfare and safety net programs Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population